Drone law is a young field, full of unsettled questions. The FAA, responsible for the safety of America’s skies, is enforcing a patchwork quilt of rules and standards, balancing laws that exempt model airplanes from regulation with rules that apply strictly to manned aircraft. We’ve documented drone law a fair bit over the years. Today, Jason Koebler at Motherboard published a comprehensive guide, as in depth as any we’ve seen.
Here’s just one part:
New regulations could end a lot of this ambiguity, and give pilots clear guidelines to follow across the country. Right now, the only place where drone law seems really established is the 15-mile radius around Washington, DC. There, pilots can clearly be fined for flying drones.